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May 15, 2015 -

The event originally set for today at 10:30 a.m. has been postponed to Tuesday, May 26 as crews must attend to an urgent excavation of a water main break on King Street at Lake Ontario Park. This work was put off to accommodate Victoria Day events at the park but must be attended to immediately.

When:  Rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26 (was Tuesday, May 19)

Where: 18 Faircrest Blvd., at fire hydrant number 4354

Who:  Utilities Kingston crews; Kevin Riley, director of water and wastewater operations, Utilities Kingston; and Paul Patry, assistant chief and director of fire prevention, Kingston Fire & Rescue.

What:  Licensed water distribution operators will inspect mechanical parts for proper operation, assess the overall condition of the fire hydrant, and flush and flow-rate the hydrant.

This Tuesday, crews will demonstrate how fire hydrants are maintained to support fire protection, as part of the annual fire hydrant inspection and flow-rating program. 

All 3,200 hydrants in the municipal water distribution system are inspected and 20 per cent of the hydrants are flow-rated on an annual basis.

This year, that's more than 600 hydrants in hydrant zones one and two (east of Division Street at Queen Street to Perth Road.; and Burbrook Rd. to Abbey Dawn Rd.).

As part of this program, licensed water distribution operators from Utilities Kingston inspect mechanical parts for proper operation, assess the overall condition of fire hydrants, and flush and flow-rate hydrants. Once the hydrants are rated, they are marked blue, green, orange or red to let firefighters know the flow rate (measured in US gallons per minute) of the hydrant.  

Residents may notice discoloured tap water or reduced water pressure. They are assured the water is still safe and should run their cold water tap until it is clear.

"Flow-rating requires that we open the hydrant to maximum flow. This can reduce water pressure and disturb deposits that normally occur in water mains, possibly discolouring the water that services neighbouring homes and businesses. We want residents to know that the water is still safe and they are encouraged to flush their pipes until the water is clear," explains Kevin Riley, director of water and wastewater operations for Utilities Kingston.

"It's important for firefighters to have knowledge of the water supply available through a hydrant when we arrive at the scene of a fire," says assistant chief and director of fire prevention, Paul Patry. "Ensuring that our water supply is ready and available will help us save lives and protect homes and businesses from fire damage."

Fire hydrant inspection and flow-rating takes place Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from early May until September. Utilities Kingston customers can get more information about the program by visiting www.utilitieskingston.com/hydrants



Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, media relations officer for Utilities Kingston at 613-546-4291, ext. 3116.

About Utilities Kingston: Utilities Kingston operates multiple utilities through a single service structure, allowing it to deliver cost savings and customer service excellence. The company is unique in Ontario, combining water, wastewater, gas and electrical services, and broadband fibre optics in one company. Trusted by customers to deliver reliable utilities for more than 150 years, employees are proud to provide personal, responsive services.

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